Boarderland Province climate

Is there any material written about the changes of season in the Boarderland provences.

My players will be in the Gaelon River Valley for a campaign - I was hoping someone did the work on climate and the seasons of the BLP.

I was origonally going to make the winter pretty bad, but then I read that Tigers are part of the Fauana which makes me think the winters shouldnt be too bad.

So far I havent read anything that describes a winter in the GRV. Maybe im over-analyzing it but hey thats what I do, dont take that from me ;-)

 

I treat that entire area, from the District of Sunderland north to have a climate similar to that of the eastern seaboard of the US. So, think of the Gaelon River Valley like the Tennessee valley; pretty cold winters, but also very hot summers. Further north, around Apothasalos, I treat it like the eastern-half of Virginia; pretty cold in the winter, but Indian summers that boil everything. 

 

Here is a summery of the GRV 

Topographic Features :

The topography of Gaelon River Valley is quite varied, stretching from the lowlands of the Gaelon River Valley to the Cretian mountain peaks in the West. Generally, the Gaelon River Valley has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, the regions varied topography leads to a wide range of climatic conditions.

Elevation of landforms overlooking the Gaelon River & tributaries (above sea level):
Grasslands - 200-250' 
Duskmoon hills - 200-1000' (This would make travel to the caves in fools pass MUCH more interesting)
Creatian Mountains - 4,000-6000'

Temperature:

 Most aspects of the GRVs climate are related to the widely varying topography within its borders. The decrease of temperature with elevation is quite apparent, amounting to, on the average, three degrees Fahrenheit (° F) per 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Thus higher portions of the GRV, such as the Deadfellows and the mountains of the west, have lower average temperature than the east GRV, which they flank, and other lower parts of the Region. In the GRV temperature increases from north to south, reaching a value at the south end comparable to that of Middle and East GRV where elevation variations are a generally minor consideration. Across the region, the average annual temperature varies from over 62° F in the extreme southeast to near 45 degrees atop the highest peaks of the east.  While most of the GRV can be described as having warm, humid summers and mild winters, this must be qualified to include variations with elevation. Thus with increasing elevation, summers become cooler and more pleasant while winters become colder and more blustery.

This dependence of temperature on elevation is of considerable importance to a variety of interests. Temperature, together with precipitation, plays an important role in determination what plant and animal life are adaptable to the area. In the Cretian Mountains, for example, the variations in elevation from 1,000 to 6,000 feet with attendant variations in temperature contribute to a remarkable variety of plant life. The relative coolness of the mountains also contributes to the popularity of that area during the warmer part of the year. 

Length of growing season is linked to topography in a way similar to temperature, varying from an average of 237 days at low-lying Mierquinoc to a near 130 days on the highest mountains in the west. Most of the GRV is included in the range of 180 to 220 days. Shorter growing seasons than this are confined to the mountains forming the GRV eastern border. Longer growing seasons are found in farms bordering the Gaelon River, parts of the Central Basin of the Middle GRV, and the eastern end of the Great Gaelon Valley . 

Precipitation:

 Since the principal source of moist air for this area is the streams and tributaries, there exists a gradual average precipitation from East to West.  Air forced to ascend, cools and condenses out a portion of its moisture. Thus, average precipitation ranges from 46 to 54 inches, increasing from GRV bottomlands to the slight hills farther east. In Middle GRV the variation is from a minimum of 45 inches in the Central Basin to 50 to 55 inches in the surrounding hilly Highland Rim. Over the elevated Plateaus average annual precipitation is generally from 50 to 55 inches. In contrast, average annual precipitation in the GRV increases from near 40 inches in southern portions to over 50 inches in the north. The northern minimum, lowest for the entire region, results from the shielding influence of the Cretian Mountains to the southwest and the Plateau to the southeast. The mountainous western border of the region is the wettest, having average annual precipitation ranging up to 80 inches on the higher, and well-exposed peaks of the Cretian Mountains. 

 

Over most of the region, the greatest precipitation occurs during the winter and early spring due to the more frequent passage of large-scale storms over and near the region during those months. A secondary maximum of precipitation occurs in midsummer in response to thunderstorm activity. This is especially pronounced in the mountains of the west where seventhmonth rainfall exceeds the precipitation of any other month. Lightest precipitation, observed in the fall, is brought about by the maximum occurrence of slow moving, rain suppressing high pressure areas. Although all parts of GRV are generally well supplied with precipitation, there occurs on the average one or more prolonged dry spells each year during summer and fall. Studies illustrate the beneficial effects of supplemental irrigation of crops, despite usually bountiful annual precipitation.

Average annual snowfall varies from four to six inches in the northern and eastern parts of the region and in most of the GRV to more than 10 inches over the southern Plateau and the mountains of the west. Over most of the region, due to relatively mild winter temperatures, snow cover rarely persists for more than a few days.

The most important flood season is during the winter and early spring when the frequent migratory storms bring general rains of high intensity. During this period both widespread flooding and local flash floods can occur. During the summer, heavy thunderstorm rains frequently result in local flash flooding. In the fall, while flood producing rains are rare, a decadent tropical system on occasion causes serious floods. 

 

 

 

The warmest parts of the region, with the longest growing season, are the Coastal Plain, the Central Basin, and the Valley. In the Duskmoon area in the north, the average date of the last killing frost is 20 March, and the growing season is about 235 days. Endhome has an annual mean temperature of 62°F (17°C), 40°F (4°C) in January, and 83°F (28°C) in July. In the Skorth Point area, the growing season lasts about 225 days. Skeorth Point has an annual mean of 59°F (15°C), ranging from 36°F (2°C) in January to 79°F (26°C) in July. The Beetlebridge area has a growing season of 220 days. The Villages annual mean temperature is 60°F (16°C), with averages of 41°F (5°C) in January and 78°F (26°C) in July. In some parts of the mountainous west, where the temperatures are considerably lower, the growing season is as short as 130 days. The record high temperature for the state is 113°F (45°C).

 

Severe storms occur infrequently. The greatest rainfall occurs in the winter and early spring, especially Thirdmonth; the early fall months, particularly ninethmonth and Tenthmonth, are the driest. Average annual precipitation (1971–2000) was 54.7 in (138.9 cm) in Endhome. Snowfall varies and is more prevalent in West GRV than in the eastern section; Dead-fellows gets about 10 in (25.4 cm) a year, Endhome only 5 in (12.7 cm).

So now I know roughly where to place the tigres

In a roughly triangular zone between the poins of Deadfellows > Beetlebridge > Grimsgate
I could have ambushes of tigres a small-medium distance outside of this zone in the mountains and the valleys

 

This is an excellent summation.

Greg